Designed for most medium household drains, this BrassCraft 1/2 In. x 50 Ft. drain auger features a high-quality spring wire for excellent flexibility in tight bends. The design provides maximum thrusting action, even through strainer crossbars.
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84%of customersrecommend this product47 of 56reviews
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Ease of installation
84%of customersrecommend this product47 of 56reviews
This auger is amazing. I'm a busy college student, so when my mom's sink stopped working there wasn't much I could do. She had a few people try to get it unclogged, and they'd taken fluids, plungers, and snakes to the battle to no avail.
I came down tonight and decided to try my hand at aug'ing (new word). I bought the longest auger I could find at Home Depot for $30 and took it home. Within 15 minutes I had the drain unclogged. Dishwasher, washing machine, and sink are all working like a charm!
This thing was completely effective.The only downside--I'd say--is how hard it is to actually twist the twisty-mabob. I actually just jammed this through 50' of pipe after giving up on twisting and it worked even better than I could've hoped.
If you are wondering if this 1/2 in x 50 ft auger will unclog a main cleanout (from the house to the street), it just worked for me! After having rented the professional electric drain augers 3 times in the last two years (at around $50-60 a shot) I was looking for a more permanent solution for light duty clogs. This was a full clog of the main line running from my house to the street (townhouse). Product worked as advertised. Stop pushing when you hit the clog...then start rotating clockwise. I'd assume this wouldn't work if you had roots in your pipes... if that is the case, I suggest the electric power auger (or professional help).
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions
Double kitchen sink completely clogged. First tried Drano. No luck. Next i used a 25 ft auger from the roof vent. No luck. So i went to home depot and bought this 50 foot auger. Back on the roof i went. After inserting about 45 foot of the auger into the pipe, I hit paydirt. Actually i hit a big chunk of broccoli casserole. After pushing the auger down and up a few times(I didnt even use the handle) it broke through and cleared the clog. I then went inside and thanked my wife for putting leftover broccoli casserole down the garbage disposal :) great products. I rolled it up in a 5 gallon bucket, sprayed it down with WD-40 and stored it away in my shop. No more plumbers for me!
Had a very, very slow kitchen sink drain. Tried a 25' 1/4" hand cranked snake, fail. Tried a 25' 3/8" motorized snake that cost $150, epic fail (that thing was particularly bad). Almost called a plumber but decided to try one more time, with this auger. It worked like a CHAMP. It was easier to feed in than any of those snakes. The 1/2" diameter wire makes it very unlikely to kink in the drain, something those thinner snakes will do very easily. I got all 50' in and pulled it back out with no problem, and it dragged out the big piece of plastic that was clogging my drain.
Definitely, try this before you get a plumber or any of those other kinds of snakes. Don't forget to also buy a bucket to keep it in. Needless to say, it comes out of the drain in a pretty nasty state of filth.
I paid for an expensive auger, it lasted a few years until the cable kinked. Then I would rent an expensive machine for sixty dollars a pop. One day I was in a hurry, and I decided to try this cable, I thought it could at least loosen up what was in the pipe. The cable worked as good as the machine, and I owned it for less than half the price of renting the machine. This is an awesome cable, don't let the look fool you. I cleared the pipes in the houses, and I haven't had any problems for a few months. It is easier to use than the machine also, just push it in and turn it with the handle when you reach resistance.
I purchased this in hopes of clearing my main line to the street. I was able to clean out one large clump of tree roots, but never made it to the street before I ran out of auger. Make sure you measure from your clean out to the street and add about 10 feet for safety before you purchase. (Measure twice and cut once)
If you hook it up to a drill, be cautious as if it gets bound up and kinks, its very hard to get the kink fully out and your going to have issues moving forward. I had one that was pretty bad and slid a chunk of garden hose over the kink to firm it up...worked well.
I had to eventually get some help because my line was to long...really hoped to save some money...
I am a 53 yr old w/disabled son of 23 yrs old still living at home. 1 1/2 yrs after the divorce, I purchased my home. 4 mos after living in this house, the drain in basement was backing-up or overflowing every time I took a shower, or my son took a shower in the basement. I cannot afford a plumber and do not know anything about plumbing. My son suggested I get an auger. I bought this auger at Home Depot and my disabled son, using the new auger, resolved the plumbing issue, by himself. So, I didn't have to pay for a plumber and my son has new confidence. Thank you very much - I recommend Home Depot to everybody.
I replaced a broken section of drain pipe and low and behold the rest of the pipe was clogged. No amount of vinegar, baking soda, or draino fixed the clog. I bought this auger after finding the average costs to replace the pipe would be $700-1400 and just for them to snake the drain would be at least $100+ even if it only took them 5 minutes. So this $28 dollar tool did the trick. It took probably about ten minutes and the drain was unclogged.
Had a slow drain in my kitchen for years spent money on just about everything trying to open it but only made it worse was just about to spend $250 for a plumber before I spent $30 on this ran it down the vent on top of the house once and now my drain works better then every. PLEASE TRY THIS BEFORE YOU CALL A PLUMBER!!!!! THANKS!!!
Pros: Reliable, Easy to Install, Good Instructions
I purchased this product based on rave reviews from other product users and must say that I was disappointed with the product's quality, ease of use, and performance.
Product design is lacking in a number of ways.
First, it's essential to wear gloves as I found my gloves getting pinched periodically while twisting the handle.
Second, the product is very awkward to use as the slide-on twisting mechanism is quite small. A much better design would have allowed for more comfortable and easier rotation of the cable.
Third, each time one unlocks the twisting mechanism, one has to unscrew and remove the screw. That's not only inconvenient… but it's highly probable that you'll lose the screw if you don't take care each time you remove it. Why not design a product where nothing has to be removed? There are plenty of designs that would allow for the twisting mechanism to lock in place without having to remove a screw.
Aside from all these design shortcomings, there is a serious quality issue. While tightening the screw on the twist handle, I stripped the threads of the handle… making the product useless. This happened today… within hours of purchasing the product. So, I'll return the product and look for a better alternative.
Cons: Too Slow, awkward to use, broke on first use
I had a blockage in my main drainage pipe as it exits my home. The pipe was cast iron and the blockage was about 30ft down. I was able to snake the line in about 25ft before I had to connect it to a drill. I had my wife use the standard Ryobi Cordless drill (lime green) in low speed while I fed the entire 50ft into the pipe. Once the drill was close to the clean out I switched it to hi-speed, pulled the snake in and out about 2 feet for a minute. After a minute I spun the drill on hi-speed while I backed the 50ft out of the pipe. I was able to see exactly where the clog was once the snake was out. The pushing and pulling while it was in there stretched the coils slightly to allow for hair and feminine products to get twisted in the wire. Once I pulled the snake out all the clogs came out with it, (yes it is terribly messy and gross) but I got the blockage out cheaper then hiring a plumber.
Pros: Great Value
Cons: no case
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Review 12 for 1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger
Worthless Handle & Non-Existent Storage
PostedSeptember 29, 2013
Ease of installation
No, I do not recommend this product.
I determined the kitchen sink to be clogged maybe 25' from the sink, based on pouring 2 gals water into 1.5" pipe before water came up into sink. First I tried a 1/4" x 25' manual drum style to no avail. Then I bought this 1/2" x 50' and went down through the roof vent.
It was difficult due to about 5 bends in the pipe and the handle of this snake is absolutely worthless when trying to turn the cable with it. I basically just twisted it in my hand to turn it, a slow and tedious process but it did get it beyond the pipe bends. So I was able to get the entire 50' cable down the pipe and it sort of seemed like it was catching a clog but I couldn't tell for sure because the cable is so heavy and was going around numerous pipe angles etc.
Anyway, I pull the whole thing out and the cable end looks clean so I figured the clog was still there. I then run 1.5 gals of water down the kitchen drain before it backs up! So it appears maybe I moved the clog a few feet toward the sink. Note I did not use a drill, partly because I don't have a 1/2" drill and partly because how do you easily run a drill on it when 45' of the cable is still lying on the ground (or roof) next to you??? I can see a drill working great if all except maybe 5' of cable is already in the pipe but otherwise you're going to have a wild rattlesnake whipping around your legs and potentially throwing you off the roof! Or maybe I'm just confused.
Finally, there is no drum on this model and therefore storage and usage is cumbersome, although the 5 gal bucket for storage works ok. Can you imagine using this thing in a nice kitchen where 50' of steel cable slathered with sewage is whipping around the room? That's another good reason to go down the roof vent.
I will say that this item probably works fine on most of your typical clogs but apparently my clog has a mind of its own and in a battle of wits it defeated me. Bummer.
My short power auger could not reach the blockage. The 50 ft auger worked great. Should have purchased this instead of the power auger years ago. Much easier to use. Not as messy as the power auger. A storage container or bag would be nice.
Same as the other guy hit the clog and just started pushing back and forth. Unclogged my sewer drain. I couldn't get the twisting thing down. The clog was about 35 feet from my clean out access just before the tank.
I bought this auger after the drill-powered 25' auger that I currently had wouldn't reach the clog in the kitchen drain line. I first attempted to manually feed the new auger down the drain beneath the sink but because of the greater diameter and stiffness of this 50' auger I couldn't get it through the joints. I went up to the vent on the roof and fed the line down from above. It was so easy clearing the clog from above that I wish I had done it this way sooner as it took only a few minutes. The hardest part was simply getting the auger past the initial 90 degree bend - which simply took a little pressure to push it through. After that gravity pretty much took over. I simply fed the line down the vent pipe until I encountered resistance - then pulled out a couple of feet of the line and let then it fall back down into the pipe strictly under the influence of gravity. A couple of pulls and releases and the clog was broken up. I fed almost the entire 50' of the auger down the vent line. Each time that I felt even the slightest bit of resistance I'd repeat the pull and drop maneuver so that it'd break loose any obstruction. Upon pulling the auger line out of the vent I found a large ball of coagulated grease on the end (even though we're careful to scrape off all food scraps into the trash before rinsing or placing them in the dishwasher). After I was finished I sprayed the auger off with a water hose, stretched it out along the driveway to dry, and then coiled it into a 5 gallon bucket for storage.
I'm a woman, in my sixties, and I was able to clear a complete block in my main line all by myself. If you are going to work on a 4" pipe, don't even bother with a 1/4" auger. This is the one you need.
Pros: Easy to Install, thick enough that it doesn't twist or kink., handle slides to wherever it's needed.
Took advise of other reviewers and bought The Homer, a $2.97 5 gal pail, to put it into after use, and I greased it up with NLGI-2 bearing grease so it wouldn't be rusty next year. Used with the Milwaukee 1/2" Magnum drill (fits in chuck). Works, but I had 25 feet in drain before I tried twisting with the drill. Also wore pigskin leather gloves, and fed water in while my wife motored the drill. The kitchen drain is a long, shallow drop iron drain and clogs up every 2-3 years. I've had a plumber out the last two times and bought a 25 foot rod last time, but it wasn't long enough to clean the clog this time. Needed this 50 foot rod to do the trick.
I had tried everything against a stubborn grease clog, plunging, home remedies, but nothing could get to it as the clog was after the vent. At first I tried the 1/4" hand crank auger, but to no avail; the snake coiled and kinked around itself within the pipe. I was about to give up and call a pro snake/rent a snake, but then I found some online advice to use 1/2" and rigid snakes on these types of clogs. I picked one up from Home Depot, and tried it out. The thing slid in super easily, unlike the 1/4" hand crank auger, and I quickly snaked the whole 50', and could barely feel any resistance. I thought I hadn't reached the clog, but when I retracted the auger, it was coated with grease. I cleaned, repeated and flushed. At first I thought something this big would be unweildy in my 1-1/2" kitchen drain pipe, but it sure did the job with ease.
I had a severly clogged kitchen sink, ran snake the full 50' now drain flows extremly well. Invest less than $30 before calling a plumber. To ease twisting the snake I used a 1/2" drill, worked fantastic.
I used this auger/snake to clear a blockage in the waste line. I turned it it with a half inch Bosch cordless drill in low speed mode. the weight of the snake kept it from whipping wildly. My wife operated the drill and I stuffed the snake into the clean-out tee while the drill was turning. It helped that I could lay the snake in a straight line from the cleanout tee to the drill. It only took a few minutes to stuff the 50 foot snake into the clean-out tee.
The dirty snake stained the cement unfinished basement floor black when it was withdrawn which does not bother me.